A guide to the Upper Highway Area

Private Property South Africa
Lea Jacobs

The Upper Highway region has always been a popular choice for families.

About the area

We've come a long way since the first sectional-title-type complexes were built in the late ’70s when the only benefit gained from living in a communal-type scenario was the security of knowing that your neighbours were close by (and we mean really close by), in case you needed help. The picture has totally changed and while today's buyers can still buy into a scheme that offers the advantages of living close to their neighbours, these days buyers are spoilt for choice as to what lifestyle they choose because there is basically a lifestyle for every taste available on a large variety of estates. Although golfing estates are by far the most popular, equestrian developments and estates that incorporate wine farms, some of which allow residents to take an active part in the day-to-day activities on the farms, have all popped up in recent years.

Security is always going to be the primary reason that buyers are drawn to these types of estates. However, there is a lot to be said for the convenience and affordability of sharing the host of amenities on offer. The location is also important and an estate that offers all the required lifestyle opportunities and situated close to an area that offers good shopping, varied dining options as well as entertainment facilities, is generally going to appeal.

The Upper Highway region has always been a popular choice for families. The cooler climate it offers, the excellent schools, both private and government, as well as shopping amenities have always been drawcards, and the fact that there are a wide variety of estates to choose from has undoubtedly added to the appeal of living in this area. When you add the cooler climate the Upper Highway enjoys, as well as the countryside feel that prevails in the area it becomes apparent that homes in secure estates are going to remain in high demand in this area.

We sold our freehold home in order to move to an estate in Hillcrest. It's the best move we have ever made. Our children love the freedom that estate living affords and we love the security of living in a gated estate.

Jolene Joubert, resident

Nearby medical facilities:

  • Hillcrest Private Hospital
  • Medicross Hillcrest
  • Hillcrest Medical Centre

Top schools nearby:

  • Kearsney College
  • Highbury Preparatory School
  • Winston Park Primary School
  • Thomas More College

Best in food:

  • Sprigs
  • Mo-Zam-Bik
  • Olive & Oil

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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